334 pupils in Hartlepool were suspended during academic year

School classroom.
School classroom.

The number of youngsters being excluded from Hartlepool schools is below the national average, according to latest statistics.

Figures released yesterday from the Department of Education showed that no primary and less than five secondary youngsters were expelled from schools in the town during the academic year 2013 to 2014.

The latest figures also showed the number of pupils suspended, excluded for a fixed period of time, was also a lot lower than the national average.

Just 13 primary aged children, 0.14 per cent, were suspended during the year 2013 to 2014 compared with 1.02 per cent across the country as a whole. Of Hartlepool secondary aged pupils, 321, 5.78 per cent, were suspended compared with the national average of 6.62 per cent.

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “The town’s schools work closely with us and each other to meet the needs of all pupils, including those with challenging behaviour.

“They use a range of strategies to manage pupil behaviour, including the use of fixed-term exclusions and, in the case of very serious incidents, permanent exclusions.

“Fixed period exclusion levels in Hartlepool at both primary and secondary age are lower than the national average and there were no permanent exclusions in the town’s primary schools in 2013-14.

“We will continue to work in partnership with all schools in the town to try to reduce the total still further in the future.”